Hello from Baltimore!
I will be heading home from my trip tomorrow, but decided to spend the last day in Baltimore with his cousin Dylan. I’ve never been to Baltimore, but it’ll be a trip I never forget (more about that later). This was my friend’s first time truly visiting Washington D.C. and I’ve been wanting him to explore this place for so long. We stopped in Alexandria on our way back from Maine last summer, but it was so short and we didn’t have time to do anything other than grab a bite to eat. It’s been a blast and we still have so much more to explore the next time we are here. I have a couple more hours to finish this blog before the new season of the Bachelor comes on! Who else is excited that Ben is our Bachelor? I love reading all the live tweeting during the show!
We grabbed breakfast at one of our favorite little spots in Alexandra, The Table Talk. I’ve been there about five times now and it never gets old. The service is quick, the food is delicious, and it’s very cheap. Plus, they have good coffee.
I always order their fresh melons.
I had two eggs over medium and an english muffin.
T.C. took us over to tour the Pentagon. The security guard kept giving me a hard time (jokingly) and telling them to keep a close eye on me.
We were the only ones in there! It was pretty neat.
The Pentagon is full of art and memorials.
Our tour went on for miles.
The courtyard was beautiful. It makes it so you can get from anywhere in the pentagon within fifteen minutes.
After we visited the pentagon, we headed to the apartment to put on some comfortable clothes before heading to the monuments.
First stop: The Arlington Cemetery.
Each grave had a wreath and ribbon on it for the holidays.
We sat on the steps for about an hour so we could watch the changing of the guards. You can read all about this ceremony here.
While we sat there waiting, we read all about the history of the guards.
After the ceremony, we walked a couple miles to the Lincoln memorial.
We were freezing, so we stopped and grabbed coffee at the little cafe.
The monuments are gorgeous during the early morning sunrise and the evening sunset.
I thought this was the cutest moment ever!
The monuments were so crowded on Saturday!
We stood on the steps for a bit and enjoyed the moment.
Lincoln is GIANT! He looks so much smaller in photos and in movies…
Time to walk to the white house!
We didn’t walk up to it, but I’ll take him in the summer!
This is also one of my favorite buildings in D.C. It’s the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. It is absolutely gorgeous and enormous.
The detail on this building is breathtaking.
We were exhausted after a day of walking around, but that is what D.C. does to you! I love going in the summer becuase it’s more comfortable to walk around in shorts and a tank top. I LOVE the heat.
Everyone has been telling me to try out Found Farmers in D.C. and I haven’t had the chance to. It was so close to the white house, so I finally got the chance to try it. We were freezing and super duper hungry!
We started out with some fried green tomatoes. They melted in your mouth and the dipping sauce was so good!
I decided to go with their Farmer’s Salad. It had avocado, dates, tomatoes, grapes, almonds, romano, and a homemade vinaigrette. I could have eaten five more of these salads. It was freaking awesome!
Chocolate mousse for two with hazelnut crunch, whipped cream, and a caramel sauce.
…it was really good.
I did get to order a delicious capuchin with skim milk. It warmed me right up!
After dinner we caught a cab. We didn’t feel like freezing our butts off and walking to the metro. I must have bad luck with cabs becuase this was a terrifying ride. Our cab driver was probably pushing 85 years old and had glasses thicker than a Harry Potter book. He drove in the middle of the road the entire time and cars were honking and he was swerving all over. I was so happy when we jumped out of the cab alive. He was a REALLY nice cab drive, but a REALLY bad driver. We were cracking up in the back, but still a little nervous for our safety. He also kept saying “know what I mean?” after every sentence. He probably said it about 100 times in fifteen minutes. He was a talker! Such a fun experience.
Sunday morning, we bundled up and went to church in Georgetown.
After church we went to Ristorante Piccolo for brunch. It’s an adorable little italian restaurant on a side street. We were the first ones at the restaurant and didn’t realize they didn’t open for another 30 minutes. The chef stopped us from walking out and told us that the kitchen was ready and he’d be delighted to serve us. I thought that was so nice of him.
We had the perfect seat. We sat in the front little corner window. This place was very cozy! We started with coffee 🙂
I loved how strong their coffee was. Strong coffee is the way to my heart.
The brunch had two courses.
My friend ordered the Polenta Con Ragu D’ Agnello. It’s a slow simmered lamb ragu served over soft polenta. I always try his dishes, so I can confirm it’s delicious.
I went with their caesar salad for my first course. I usually do dressing on the side, but their caesar dressing was the best caesar dressing I’ve ever had. I feel like Caesar dressing is a hit or miss.
My friend ordered the Frittata ai Frutti di Mare for his second course. It was an Italian omelet stuffed with shrimp, sea scallops, bell pepper, fontina cheese and parsley, served with fresh fruits and Italian bread.
All I can say is that Ralph has some competition…
I ordered the Asparagi con Uova e Pancetta which was a classic eggs benedict of poached eggs and pancetta bacon over bread, drizzled with a light hollandaise sauce and shaved Pecorino Romano cheese, served with steamed asparagus tips and fries.
This breakfast was a dream. Usually he orders the Benedict and I order the omelet. We pretty much eat each others meals anyways.
When it’s warmer, you can sit outside up on the balcony.
We headed to Baked and Wired after breakfast. It’s one of my favorite spots in D.C. I love the humor in this place.
It was kind of early for dessert but you can’t go to Baked and Wired without getting a treat.
They had way too many to choose from!
We went with the Soccer Mom’s bar. It’s basically a seven layer bar.
The bar was really good, but their cupcake from last time was better.
We split a caramel cappuccino too 🙂 YUM!
We ended up walking miles and miles around Georgetown.
We also stopped at Dean & Deluca to pick up some treats for the family.
We headed back to to the apartment and hung out with my brother for a bit!
Later that night we I headed down to King Street to watch the Carolina Game. We really wanted to watch it at Virtue Feed & Grain, but they didn’t have the NFL package so we went to Bugsys. We figured we’d split an appetizer over there and split dinner at Virtue Feed & Grain after the game.
If it were me, I’d just walk around all day taking pictures. I’m obsessed with this place.
The sun was going down over the water, so we walked over to watch it set before heading over to Bugsys.
You could see the National Harbor over the bridge.
We ordered the crab dip and I had a glass of wine while we watched the game.
It was a great win for the Panthers!
We started out with some fried calamari at Virtue Feed & Grain. I actually didn’t plan on eating any becuase I was still full from breakfast. The waitress said they were the best, so my friend ordered them. I had one bite and couldn’t believe how freaking good they were. They had fried jalapeños mixed in them too. The breading was what made them so good.
We decided to split a meal. I let my friend pick since I wasn’t that hungry. He went with the New York Strip and their mac & cheese. The steak was good, but their mac and cheese was probably the best I’ve ever had.
The restaurant was really good, we loved our waitress, and the atmosphere was very warm and rustic.
We walked around a little after dinner and then jumped on the Trolly to head back to the apartment.
It was such a fun trip in D.C.!
I woke up around seven and headed to say goodbye to my brother. We left for Baltimore around ten to meet up with my friend’s cousin. He’s a cop here…and in a really bad area…
How cute is there cat? I really want a cat now.
He drove us around Baltimore in some of the most terrifying areas. I can’t even repeat the stuff that I learned/saw today on this blog. It just makes me feel pretty grateful for my life and the way I was brought up. It’s a scary and sad world out there.
Even though there are some really scary parts of Baltimore, there are some really gorgeous parts too!
He took us all around the downtown, the college areas, and some really nice neighborhoods.
This is the home of Under Amour!
I can’t wait to come back in the summer so we can walk around. It was 30 degrees yesterday with winds! YIKES!
We went to lunch at Stoney River in Towson. It’s located in such a cute little area and connected to a GIANT mall!
The restaurant was so cozy! We sat right next to the fireplace.
It was 2pm and the only thing in our stomachs was coffee, so we were hungry! The little basket of rolls were heavenly. They were fried, gooey and I could have eaten the whole basket!
You can’t go to Baltimore without getting a crab cake.
We started out with a delicious crab cake on a plate of mango salsa and mustard sauce. So delicious!
I ordered the Baby Kale Salad. It has toasted almonds and dried cranberries tossed in a delicious herb vinaigrette. All the salads I’ve had at restaurants lately have been on point! This one was so good! I really wish I could make salad dressings just as good.
After dinner, we walked around the giant mall! It was so hard not to shop.
We grabbed coffee at Nordstrom and then headed back to their place! Walking back to the car was miserable. I hate the cold and never want to get used to it!
Around 8:30pm we had pizza and salad for dinner. They have this thing called “pizza mondays” and that slice of pizza was freaking good! I’m so glad my running starts back up today!
We watched the Bachelor…
I really like Ben as the Bachelor, but some of his rose choices were definitely pushed by the producers. What do you guys think?
Three Questions For You!
- Did you watch the Bachelor?
- Are you ready for Spring?
- How are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up?